With sports betting sweeping the nation in terms of becoming legal in more states than ever before, the NFL has started to embrace gambling as part of its product, with the act no longer being frowned upon but profited from.
Even though California has yet to embrace sports gambling, more than half the states in the country have made it legal, which makes for a lot of revenue to be made, especially now that the league is all-in.
However, along with it being legal to gamble on NFL games throughout the majority of the country comes a higher risk of players trying to take advantage of gambling on their games or on other teams in the league, which can turn out to be a messy situation that needs to be controlled.
On Friday, the NFL took a stricter stance with a new anti-sports gambling policy for players in the league, with some severe penalties, according to Jonathan Jones of NFL on CBS.
Here’s a look at the league’s new anti-sports gambling policy. If a player bets on a game involving his team it will now be an indefinite suspension of at least 2 years. pic.twitter.com/29SgP2epBH
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 29, 2023
So, according to the new policy in the NFL, if a player bets on his team, it will result in an indefinite suspension of two years, which in some cases could mean a playing career could be over.
If an NFL player simply bets on NFL football in general, that will result in a minimum of one year of being suspended.
If an NFL player tries to fix an NFL game, that’s the most severe penalty, which will result in that player being banished by the league, and understandably so.